If the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to draft Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, new Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi thinks they’ll have to trade up to do it, according to Scott Brown of ESPN.com.
Prior to being hired by the University of Pittsburgh this offseason, Narduzzi had been Michigan State’s defensive coordinator for the past eight seasons. If anyone knows what Wayne’s ceiling really is, it’s probably him.
Narduzzi reportedly told reporters after Pittsburgh’s Pro Day that he’s hearing from scouts that Waynes will be a top 10 or 15 pick in the draft.
Waynes is regarded by many as the top cornerback in this year’s class ahead of Marcus Peters and Jalen Collins. It would indeed be a shock if he fell to the Steelers at 22 and probably just as shocking if general manager Kevin Colbert traded up in the first round to draft him.
The Steelers haven’t traded up in the first round since 2006 and they haven’t drafted a cornerback in the first round since 1997.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi was Trae Waynes' defensive coordinator at Mich. State. His advice if Steelers want to draft the CB: trade up.
— Scott Brown (@ScottBrown_ESPN) March 3, 2015
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said he is hearing from scouts that Trae Waynes will be a top 10 or 15 pick.
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) March 3, 2015